Monday, February 22, 2021

Recent Reads


Every Monday, I share books I have recently read. I also participate in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. To find out what other bloggers are reading, check out the host blogs, Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers, or follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...

The Little Butterfly That Could by Ross Burach

This is a humorous follow-up to The Very Impatient Caterpillar about persistence. The dialogue between the butterfly and whale and illustrations are fun. Thanks to the publisher for sharing a review copy with my book review group, #BookExcursion. The book publishes in March.

The Dragon in the Library by Louie Stowell and illustrated by Davide Ortu

Three friends discover there is magic at their library and then must work together to save it from Mr. Salt who wants to destroy it. This is a charming and humorous chapter book with a positive message about reading. This is one of the books from the #MustReadin2021 list I made at the start of the year and have been making great progress with. Thanks to the publisher, I read a digital review copy. The book publishes in March.

Shoe Wars by Liz Pichon 

There are flying shoes, an evil villain, and two brave siblings in this illustrated middle grade novel that will appeal to readers who enjoy silly and fun stories.

Adult Reading Recommendation

The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson

Ruth lives in Chicago with her husband who is eager to start a family. After revealing to him that she gave a baby up for adoption when she was seventeen, she returns to her hometown in Indiana to find out what happened to her child. This is a thought-provoking read that explores themes related to racism, social class, and family. 


  1. I don't know Ross Burach's books--off to put these on reserve at the library--thanks!

  2. I bookmarked every book, Lisa, all new to me. Thank you!

  3. I am always so jealous of your adult reads. With the lack of my attention span lately, I am really having trouble with longer books.
    I did love Ross Burach's newest one! I used it in a lesson just recently.
    Have a good reading week!

  4. I really want Dragon in the Library - my students LOVE dragons! We have a collection! Happy week of reading!

  5. Wow—every one of these books sound great! The Kindest Lie sounds like a great read—I read an interesting essay by the author in Real Simple recently. Thanks for the great post!

  6. Well, I just added ALL your children's book to my list. All new to me! And I found a virtual read aloud of chapter 1 from The Dragon in the Library, read aloud by Louie Stowell. So I'm saving that to listen to. Thanks for these shares, Lisa!

  7. I love Tom Gates, but Show Wars was a little too British/Goofy. I had trouble getting past the main character NOT being named Stella Stiletto, which just seemed like the only choice. I'm still debating whether I will buy it.

  8. All of these are new to me. I've added The Kindest Lie to my list and am happy that my local library has copies of it. Now I just need to find time.